Buy Fresh Wasabi Rhizomes, Grow Wasabi Plants

Buy Island Of Ireland Wasabi Plants

Dr Sean Kitson and his son Zak cultivating wasabi plants together in a polytunnel.

Wasabi Crop is a family artisan business located in the Orchard County of Armagh on the island of Ireland. The island’s specific climate enables the right conditions for growing wasabi plants to produce fresh wasabi rhizomes. We are committed to cultivating wasabi plants and supplying wasabi leaves and stems, complemented by edible flowers, for all our customers when they are in season. These prized fresh wasabi rhizomes add a certain culinary enhancement to various foods.

Grow Wasabi Plants and Grate Fresh Wasabi Rhizomes

Today, fresh wasabi rhizomes and wasabi leaves are utilised in Western cuisine, especially as wasabi uniquely converts an ordinary dish into an extra special one. Traditionally, wasabi is part of Japanese culture and was first mentioned in a herb dictionary called Honzowamyo, which translates to ‘Names of Living Things’.

Wasabi is associated with the Brassicaceae family: the prized part of the wasabi is a swollen stem known as a rhizome or wasabi root. It is famous for its distinctively hot and zingy flavour – unlike chilli, it does not burn the palate but dissipates a refreshing heat.

Wasabi Crop Shop

Buy fresh wasabi rhizomes from Wasabi Crop Shop and utilise them in many ways. Firstly, you can grate the rhizome with a fine grater (a piece of sharkskin is the traditional tool) and this produces a paste that can vary in colour from pale green with a tinge of purple. This colouration is typical in the mazuma variety of wasabi which we sell in our shop. In order for the paste to reach its optimum taste, it must be allowed to rest for five minutes.  The paste can then be consumed for example, with fresh fish, sushi, sashimi and noodles.

Wow, Real Fresh Wasabi

Enjoy the Japanese experience by adding fresh wasabi to your favourite recipes. Grate your own wasabi root and use wasabi leaves and stems with a sprinkle of wasabi flowers to accompany your favourite dish.

Grow Your Own Wasabi Plants

While growing good quality wasabi is challenging, it is not impossible. Wasabi naturally grows in cool and moist temperate climates, and while those conditions do not exist everywhere, they can be replicated. The high value of this crop and scarcity of fresh wasabi make it ideal for small to large scale growing.

Wasabi Superfood

Naturally occurring ITCs (isothiocyanates) in wasabi rhizomes have been studied for their anticancer properties: for example, with the formation of acrylamide during a Maillard reaction (a chemical reaction between proteins and sugar in the presence of heat).  Some studies have associated dietary acrylamide with kidney and ovarian cancers.

Other potential benefits of wasabi root may be related to bone and brain health.  A compound in wasabi called p-hydroxycinnamic acid may increase bone formation and has decreased bone breakdown in preclinical studies.  Overall ITCs in wasabi may have neuroprotective effects and may help to activate the antioxidant system in the brain which reduces inflammation.  Research into ITCs is promising and more research is required to determine the effects of wasabi compounds on human health.

Why Eat Fake Wasabi?

The majority of fake wasabi contains a mixture of green food colouring, horseradish and mustard and does not include any of the hallmarks or health properties associated with real wasabi. This is why fake wasabi is prominent in restaurant and supermarket outlets. 
Why not try some real wasabi from the Wasabi Crop Shop?

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